The first time Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA didn’t even have health and safety protocols. He closed the league instead.
This time, the Utah Jazz center may miss a few days.
Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the virus-related protocol list on Thursday – something that didn’t even exist when he tested positive for the virus on March 11, 2020, the night the NBA closed for more than four months and finally decided to end its season in a bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida.
OUT – Joe Ingles (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT – Rudy Gobert (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT – Mike Conley (Right Knee Injury Recovery)
OUT – Bojan Bogdanovic (sprained left middle finger)
OUT – Donovan Mitchell (Left Lumbar Strain)
– Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 6, 2022
He was ruled out for the Utah game on Friday in Toronto. It is not known how long he will be sidelined; generally, even with shorter return-to-play rules in place now than had been the case earlier this season, most players who enter protocols are out for at least a week.
Gobert did not play in Utah’s victory in Denver on Wednesday night, with the team citing illness as the reason. The Jazz said Gobert performed two rapid tests that day, both of which came back negative.
But a PCR test, processed overnight, returned Thursday with Gobert again positive for the virus, the team said.